MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – Although gas prices were expected to rise in mid-March, motorists around Mount Pleasant have instead seen the price at the pump drop slightly as the summer driving season approaches.
At $3.85 per gallon of regular gas, New Yorkers still pay the third most in the continental United States, topped only by California’s $4.02 and Washington, D.C.'s $3.92; however, the national average is down to $3.60 per gallon, 10 cents cheaper than a month ago and nearly 10 cents lower than a year ago, according to AAA’s daily fuel gauge report.
Robert Sinclair, media relations manager for AAA New York, said fuel prices spiked in mid-February, and the region has seen a steady decline in prices since.
“The price of crude oil has fallen slightly, that may have something to do with it,” he said. “The spike we’re anticipating can still come. The summer driving season is still a few months off, so we’ll have to see what happens.”
A dramatic spike may still occur around Memorial Day, which is the unofficial kickoff of the summer driving season, when oil companies raise prices as motorists prepare to spend more time in the car, Sinclair said.
“If companies anticipate a busy Memorial Day, then we’ll probably have a busy summer,” he added. “With it, demand goes up, and oil companies never miss a chance to raise prices. That’s the next hurdle for us to look for.”
Refineries have already made the switch from a winter blend of gasoline to the more expensive, eco-friendlier summer blend. The transition happened earlier than usual, which led to the spike in mid-February, as opposed to in March.
Gas Buddy listed the 76 Station on Broadway and Bedford Road in Pleasantville at $3.87 a gallon and the Century station on Bedford Road in Pleasantville at $3.87.
The Mount Pleasant Daily Voice reader Christine Bruno Baric said she has seen a drop in gas prices.
"3.81 at the shell in North White Plains," she wrote on The Daily Voice's Facebook page.
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